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Acting Fundamentals

June 23, June 30, July 14, and July 21

For ages 14-18

Every class meets from 7PM – 8:30PM at Signature

In this four week class, teen actors will work on creating the world of the character for themselves, their scene partners and the audience. Through work on sensory awareness, physical involvement, imagination and communication, actors will gain the skills necessary to believe in the world of the play. “If you believe it, the audience will believe it.”

To purchase a class individually ($15 per class) click the title of the class below:

June 23 – Sensory Awareness
Taught by David Zobell and Matthew Taylor Strote
Learn how to focus on stage by creating a world that you can touch, see and hear by building the necessary skills to bring the play out of your mind and into the playing space.

June 30 – Physicality
Taught by Mallory Shear
Learn how to utilize your physicality in storytelling by gaining confidence in and awareness of your bodily instrument to create and respond to physical spaces and characters.

July 14 – Imagination
Taught by David Zobell and Matthew Taylor Strote
Harness your imagination to develop specific circumstances of environments, characters, actions, and purposes to make a space come alive.

July 21 – Communication
Taught by David Zobell and Matthew Taylor Strote
Find strength in sharing the space with others by practicing the power of communication and simultaneously leaning on and supporting your partners on stage to find greater spontaneity and emotional truth in your work.

The Instructors:

Mallory Shear has worked with Signature Education for many years as a teaching artist for programs like Signature in the Schools, Stage One and Signature Conservatory. She has taught for Adventure Theatre MTC, Folger Theatre, Imagination Stage and has done fight choreography for several productions throughout the DC area.

Matthew Taylor Strote is Signature’s Education Program Manager. In addition to his work with Signature, he has done extensive teaching work with Washington Improv Theatre, ArtStream, Shakespeare Theatre Company and Studio Theatre.

David Zobell is Signature’s Director of Education. He teaches acting and directing for high school students, leading the acting in Signature programs like Stage One, Signature Conservatory and Signature in the Schools.

Health and Safety:
Signature Theatre is continually updating its plans in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. All students participating in the program will need to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 through a private portal provided after registration. As we get closer to the start of Acting Fundamentals, we will announce Signature Education’s formal plans for health and safety. We promise that we will continue our proven track record of providing the highest artistic development in an environment that adheres to protocol that ensures safety and comfort of each participant. To learn about safety protocol for previous Signature Education programs, contact us at